William Harrington Leahy

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William Harrington Leahy (October 27, 1904 – May 12, 1986) was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.


Leahy was born on October 27, 1904 in San Francisco, California. His father was Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy.[1] Leahy married Elizabeth Marbury Beale on July 23, 1927 and had two children, Louise Harrington (named after her grandmother) and Robert Beale.

After attending Sidwell Friends School he completed his undergraduate study at the United States Naval Academy; he also received a master's degree in naval architecture from MIT and did further work in management at Harvard Business School.[2]

Leahy was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Newcomen Society.[3]

He died on May 12, 1986 in Chevy Chase, Maryland and is buried with Elizabeth and his parents at Arlington National Cemetery.


Leahy graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1927. Later in his career he served as commander of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard from 1958 to 1960. His retirement was effective as of June 1, 1961.


  1. ^ http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/whleahy.htm
  2. ^ "W. H. Leahy, Rear Admiral, Dies at 81". The Washington Post. May 13, 1986. 
  3. ^ "W. H. Leahy, Rear Admiral, Dies at 81". The Washington Post. May 13, 1986.